Weiler pulls helmet law proposal

Wednesday , February 06, 2013 - 12:42 AM

Antone Clark

SALT LAKE CITY — A local lawmaker has pulled legislation that would have amended the state’s helmet law for motorcycles after determining he did not have the votes to move the bill forward.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said he presented his helmet measure three weeks ago in a GOP caucus and saw he wasn’t going to get his bill through the Senate. Weiler had proposed a helmet law earlier this year, saying too many motorcycle riders who survive a crash end up needing government assistance.

Utah law requires only riders younger than 18 to wear a helmet. Past efforts to expand the law have failed.

Officials estimate 60 percent of the people killed in Utah motorcycle wrecks in the past 10 years weren’t wearing a helmet.

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